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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Dhaka
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Human Rights
    • Disability Rights
    • Poverty Reduction
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
  • Closing Date: 2018-02-21

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Programme Officer (Protection, Gender and Disability Inclusion), NOA

Dhaka (Bangladesh)



The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


Education: University Master’s degree in Social Science, gender, human rights, development studies, Urban and Rural/Regional Planning, population science and related..
Experience: At least 5 years of relevant work experience in humanitarian protection, gender or related field, such as human rights.
National Professional: Fluency in oral English and Bangla and a high degree of skill in written English.


The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. WFP’s strategies are to save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies, prepare for emergencies, restore and rebuild lives after emergencies, reduce chronic hunger and under nutrition, and strengthen the capacity of countries to reduce hunger.

The Protection, Gender and Disability Inclusion Officer will be responsible for facilitating the mainstreaming of Protection Gender & Disability Inclusion into programme design & implementation processes, coordination and reporting of the ongoing Country Strategic Plan (CSP) activities. The position requires travel to the Sub Offices and project areas. To undertake his/her role effectively, S/He will have to adopt a team working style, working particularly closely with Sub Offices (project staffs) and other units under the guidance of the Deputy Country Director-Strategy and Programme.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Knowledge Management, Information and Analysis

  • Facilitate and support that protection, gender and disability considerations are integrated into all monitoring, evaluations and analysis frameworks, activities and outputs both at Country level and Sub-offices
  • Assist in the integration of protection, gender & disability  considerations in all data collection initiatives (surveys, focus group discussions etc.)
  • Mainstream protection, gender & disability inclusion into needs assessment frameworks, including adaptation of tools, collection, analysis and reporting processes.
  • Facilitate protection, gender and disability analyses in programmes.
  • Provide advice/inputs on the integration of protection, gender & disability inclusion in the formulation of country-level project projects/programmes.

Programme Support

  • Facilitate the embedding and mainstreaming of protection, gender & disability inclusion considerations across all ongoing Country Strategic Plan (CSP) activities including assessments at field level and development of action plan.
  • Review WFP processes and advise individual units/programmes how to integrate protection.
  • Support in reviewing program implementation processes and project work plans to identify specific gaps in existing implementation cycle.
  • Support in the inclusion of protection, gender equality and disability considerations in all are factored into program design/planning.
  • Provide assistance in data collection, compiling lessons learned, establishing indicators to support knowledge sharing on Protection, gender and disability.
  • Support application of the Gender and Age Marker to all programmes, at both the design and evaluation stages.
  • Ensure protection, gender and disability issues can be captured through the Beneficiary Feedback mechanism and responded to appropriately.

Capacity Strengthening

  • Support the country office to undertake context and protection risk analysis and formulating appropriate protection risk mitigation and response activities
  • Formulate and support the implementation capacity development initiatives for protection, gender equality and disability inclusion in WFP operation.
  • Advise and assist in the development of protection, gender equality and disability sensitization as well as other training materials, adapted to the local context.
  • Organize specific orientation or training programs to WFP staff and cooperating partners on gender awareness, gender analysis, Gender and Age Marker, gender in the programme management cycle, gender-based violence, protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) and other related areas.

Advocacy and partnerships

  •  Participate and support the work of the Gender Results Network, Gender Equality Group and Gender in Humanitarian Action (GIHA) Group and other related groups.
  • Support the integration of relevant WFP corporate policy changes at the CO level
  • Raise awareness within WFP and partners on PSEA and reporting obligations/avenues.
  • Support to and engagement in establishment/implementation of Accountability to the Affected Population (AAP) linkages in the CSP to ensure feedback on gender/protection/Disability inclusion concerns are duly captured into program adaptations and improvement
  •  Provide support and for gender, protection and disability advocacy and campaigns, such as the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.) Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.


In-depth knowledge of protection, gender and disability in humanitarian and development settings, gender-based violence, humanitarian policy issues and linkages with food security and nutrition.

Solid analytical skills on protection and gender issues

Solid communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate through multiple mediums (e.g. policy, advocacy messaging, reporting, training)

Team spirit and excellent interpersonal relations


Contract Type: Fixed-term

Contract Duration: 1 year, renewable

Duty Station: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Nationality: Bangladeshi only

Monthly Net Salary: NOA, UN scale


Only candidates meeting the above requirements are requested to submit an online application by 21 February 2018.


Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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